California courts have become more strict on driving under the influence cases (DUI) throughout Southern California. As the economy suffers and court budgets are barely paying for basic services, courts are increasing fines and mandating harsher sentences in DUI cases.
When a person is arrested for a DUI under California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) and 23152(b), the prosecutor files the charges. A person charged with a DUI will then have to appear in court and should always be represented by a DUI defense attorney. In some cases a person will just show up to court without an attorney and will hope for the best. Most experts believe that is a very unwise decision. First of all, representation on a Los Angeles DUI case is very important. Second, an attorney who is not trained specifically on the complex nature of DUI cases will most likely not do the best for the client.
Often times a DUI defense attorney who is a former prosecutor will have the best knowledge of the case, the defenses and also will have previously worked with the prosecutor. These relationships are often priceless. If a prosecutor knows that he is not only facing a DUI defense attorney who knows the law, but also knows all of the ways to challenge the evidence, he may want to resolve a DUI case early with reduced or dismissed charges.
However, it is important to be very careful when picking your DUI defense firm. All to often the firm claims to be made of up of former prosecutors. However, the former prosecutor may only sign the client and never go to court. These firms are sometimes called “mills” because they charge a lower fee, but do not aggressively handle the case. The former prosecutor may sign the client but then passes the case over to a young attorney who does not have much experience, or was never a prosecutor at all.
The other concern is the actual background of their attorney. Even if the attorney was a former prosecutor, the client should find out where the attorney practiced when they worked for he government. Many “former prosecutors” have come to the Southern California area after they left the prosecutor’s office in different cities, or even a different state. Often times when a client asks the tough questions, they learn that the attorney was a prosecutor in Florida, or some other distance place.
Choosing a Los Angeles DUI defense attorney who was a prosecutor in the very court your case is going to be handled may be the most optimal. A DUI attorney who knows the judge, the court staff, the current prosecutor, and the law is probably the best of all situations to assist the client.
If you have been arrested and are under investigation for a DUI in Los Angeles or you are facing criminal charges for driving under the influence in Southern California, please contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut for 24/7 assistance by phone at (323) 464-6453 or toll free at (888) 334-6344 or online.